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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Dynamic laser speckle analyzed considering inhomogeneities in the biological sample
Author(s): Roberto A. Braga; Rolando J. González-Peña; Dimitri Campos Viana; Fernando Pujaico Rivera
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Paper Abstract

Dynamic laser speckle phenomenon allows a contactless and nondestructive way to monitor biological changes that are quantified by second-order statistics applied in the images in time using a secondary matrix known as time history of the speckle pattern (THSP). To avoid being time consuming, the traditional way to build the THSP restricts the data to a line or column. Our hypothesis is that the spatial restriction of the information could compromise the results, particularly when undesirable and unexpected optical inhomogeneities occur, such as in cell culture media. It tested a spatial random approach to collect the points to form a THSP. Cells in a culture medium and in drying paint, representing homogeneous samples in different levels, were tested, and a comparison with the traditional method was carried out. An alternative random selection based on a Gaussian distribution around a desired position was also presented. The results showed that the traditional protocol presented higher variation than the outcomes using the random method. The higher the inhomogeneity of the activity map, the higher the efficiency of the proposed method using random points. The Gaussian distribution proved to be useful when there was a well-defined area to monitor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2017
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 22(4) 045010 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.22.4.045010
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 22, Issue 4
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Roberto A. Braga, UFLA (Brazil)
Rolando J. González-Peña, Univ. de València (Spain)
Dimitri Campos Viana, Univ. Federal de Lavras (Brazil)
Fernando Pujaico Rivera, UFLA (Brazil)

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